Taking a Career Break to Renew Discussion
Few things can revitalize a career or set a planner on a new career path better than taking a break. This is especially true if that break is for learning. Other planners enhance their careers through research opportunities and study trips. Still others pursue volunteer opportunities to expand their experience or give back to society.
Through informal discussion, planners are invited to share their strategies for renewal and experiences with programs such as the Loeb Fellows or Guggenheim Fellows. Learn what it takes to apply. Even more critically find out how these experiences shaped planners and their careers.
Years of dedicated work can lead to burn out. Yet most planners went into the field because they were seriously drawn to planning. Taking a break for renewal can be an excellent strategy for bringing new excitement and energy to the job. Taking a break might even lead your career in a new direction.
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Confirmed SpeakerAs the Director of Education and Citizen Engagement for the American Planning Association, Carolyn Torma develops education that leads the profession of planning and provides fundamentals on best practices. Education areas include youth engagement and training for planning commissioners and officials. She edits the publication, "The Commissioner". She serves as the director for the National Planning Conference education program working with an array of work groups. Other programs include the annual webinar series on varied topics such as "Planning Law Review" and the live conference webcasts such as "Negotiation Skills for Planners." The APA education program works with many partners to deliver programs as live workshops, on demand programs, articles, and webinars. Previously, she worked in historic preservation in Michigan, Kentucky, and South Dakota. Responsibilities included developing the state preservation plan, creating the "Architecture and Community History" course, and overseeing survey, folk arts, historical archaeology, and designation. Her published articles focus on ethnic architecture and the architecture of work. She was a Bush Leadership Fellow in urban affairs and public policy at the University of Delaware. She holds a master's degree from Emory University and an undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan.
Confirmed SpeakerSustainability Lead, Federal Transit Administration (San Francisco) Urban and Regional Policy Fellow, German Marshall Fund of the United States Eric Eidlin is Sustainability Lead with the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Region 9 office in San Francisco. Eric has been the primary point-of-contact in his office for a number of federal interagency initiatives, including the HUD/DOT/EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities and the White House’s Strong Cities Strong Communities Initiative (SC2). In these capacities, he has been involved in station area planning efforts in cities located along the future California HSR route. As an Urban and Regional Policy Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the U.S., Eric traveled to France in Germany in 2013 and 2015 to study best practices in HSR station area planning and has presented his research nationally. In large part due to the expertise that he gained through that fellowship, he has been working in 2016 as an advisor to the California High-Speed Rail Authority on station development and station access issues. Prior to joining the FTA, Eric worked as an urban design consultant on transit-oriented development projects in the Bay Area and elsewhere in California. Eric holds a master’s degree in urban design from the University of Toronto and a master’s degree in city planning from the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1999-2000, Eric studied urban sociology at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany, as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2014, Eric was named one of the top 40 professionals under the age of 40 in the field of public transportation by Mass Transit Magazine.
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